Of all the cosmetic dentistry services available, dental implants may be some of the most exciting. Over the past few decades, dental implants have become the most fixed, long-term method for restoring appearance, health, and function to a smile.
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Understanding the Anatomy of a Dental Implant
All single dental implants consist of three elements. The first is a threaded titamium post that is surgically embedded into the jawbone. Drs. Juban and Cowen use high-tech equipment and software to precisely insert the post where it will be the most secure.
After allowing the implant site to heal for a few months, your dentist will add an abutment (small connector post). This will extend slightly beyond the gum line and provide an appropriate anchor for your dental crown. In most cases, this step can be performed without surgery. However, there are some instances when a surgical visit may be necessary.
All elements of a dental implant fit together seamlessly and with a tight bond. This prevents bacteria from contaminating the internal components. Once placed, your dental implant will look and feel just like a natural tooth. In fact, the implant can be brushed and flossed just like the rest of your smile.
Dental implants last several years on average, and typically last a lifetime with proper care. Occasionally, dentists may have to replace the abutment or crown due to damage or normal wear.
Dental Implants vs Dental Bridges
Although both dental implants and dental bridges solve the basic problem of missing teeth, dental implants offer a few advantages.
Foremost, the implanted post stimulates the surrounding jawbone just like a natural tooth root would. This means less bone loss at the site of the missing tooth, as well as healthier bone density in the mouth in the future.
Another benefit to dental implants is that they do not require any changes to the surrounding teeth. Dental bridges, on the other hand, necessitate the removal of natural tooth structure. Therefore, patients who choose implants can enjoy a reduced risk of future damage.
Want to find out if dental implants could be a good choice? Drs. Juban and Cowen are accepting new patients who contact the office for a free consultation.